Midwest Energy News

Michigan utility defends long-term energy plan amid criticism

UTILITIES: DTE Energy’s president defends the company’s long-term energy plan, saying the utility mostly agrees with environmental groups’ concerns but that it has to balance those with cost and reliability. (WXYZ)

ALSO:
• An Indiana electric cooperative approves a long-term energy plan that reduces carbon emissions 80% and saves $700 million over the next 20 years. (Greensburg Daily News)
• Exelon officials say a federal investigation into its lobbying activities could subject the company to civil or criminal penalties. (Utility Dive)

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COAL:
Great River Energy says decisions on the future of North Dakota’s largest coal plant will be made later this year. (Bismarck Tribune)
A municipal utility in southeastern Minnesota prepares to demolish a former coal plant that shut down in 2016. (Austin Daily Herald)

SOLAR:
A partnership in Minnesota brings the benefits of community solar to low-income and disabled veterans. (Brainerd Dispatch)
• Ohio counties develop solar projects together to offset their energy usage, which one official says will save a central Ohio county tens of thousands of dollars a year. (Knox Pages)

CLEAN ENERGY: Investments in clean energy and climate change programs would benefit rural Ohio communities, researchers say. (City Beat)

EMISSIONS: Engineers at a U.S. EPA lab in Michigan recount attempts by the agency to alter studies on the costs and benefits of Obama-era tailpipe pollution standards: “We knew they had cooked the books so bad.” (The Atlantic)

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CARBON CAPTURE: A Republican congressman from Ohio co-sponsors a bill to expand tax credits for carbon capture technology. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act in Illinois would generate $39 billion in private investment and $6 billion in increased state and local tax revenue through 2040. (Rockford Register Star)
• Advocates give DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan a failing grade due in part to a lack of equitable access to clean energy. (Utility Dive)
• A clean energy reporter expresses climate optimism as a growing number of companies pledge long-term carbon reductions. (InsideClimate News)

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